The Land of Stories: The Enchantress Returns, by Chris Colfer - It was fun, predictable with a plot similar to the first book, but still entertaining.
Mere Christianity, by C. S. Lewis - I'm glad I read this one. Lewis asks questions and states facts fearlessly. I love his precision.
Silas Marner, by George Elliot - Listened to this one in the car. It took a long time to get anywhere, but I think that's the style. It had some insights about people.
**Warm Bodies - It was really sweet, which I hadn't expected it to be. I's one of the better movies out there, and it has a good ending.
**The Way Way Back - I felt like I could really relate to the story. Its PG-13 content makes it something I wouldn't exactly recommend, but I really appreciated the movie and its story and themes.
*Mrs Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - Wasn't interesting to me, though it did have more thinking than the average western animated film.
***^October Sky - Great movie. Great acting, great music, great story.
**Back to the Future (1, 2 and 3) - Really fun movies that definitely deserve to be classics, esp. the first.
***The Lego Movie - I hadn't expected to like this one, but it was clever and surreal-ly funny (my favorite kind of humor) and I really did.
*The Road to el Dorado - Had some funny moments, but not worth the time.
**Monsters University - Actually liked this better than the first movie. Has a good story.
**Midnight in Paris - Watched it because it's my grandfather's favorite movie and for T. Hiddleston. It was like a pretty picture of a thought. So it was a little slow, with pretty views and music, and finally the punch line at the end. I enjoyed it pretty well, but it wasn't as much as I'd thought it would be.
*Minions - It was decently funny, but long.
***^Pirates of the Caribbean (1, 2, 3 and 4) - I love Jack Sparrow. The music is awesome and they're fun. Curse of the Black Pearl is best.
***^Captain Blood - It's perfect as what it is and I love it.
*The Son of Captain Blood - Wasn't really worth it, but watched it for the original.
**^Robin Hood (1938) - Just as good as Captain Blood, but I don't like it as much.
***Chocolat - This movie is basically perfect. I love the ideas it deals with and Johnny Depp is always great.
***^Peter Pan (2003) - Another basically perfect movie, It carries the same heart of the book.
**The Spiderwick Chronicles - I like Highmore and it was a pretty good action/fantasy, but the ending wasn't quite satisfying.
**What's Eating Gilbert Grape - Another good story, well told. Johnny Depp and DiCaprio are great.
**Edward Scissorhands - I really enjoyed it and came very close to really liking it, with its whimsical sets and fairy-tale story, but again the ending wasn't quite satisfying.
**AntMan - Funny and fast paced it's juts what it should be. Though the post credits scene would have been worth a two-hour wait either way.
**Benny and Joon - Another good story, full of hope and love. The music suits it perfectly. Again Johnny Depp was great.
*Cry Baby - It was funny in its own way, but mostly just weird. I liked the music though.
*no, **okay-good, *** yes (for series rating is for first movie) | ^ seen before
Scorpion (season one) - It's a little contrived, but still pretty smart and funny, though not my favorite characters.
Mr Robot (first three episodes) - I'd been looking forward to watching this one and saw the first three episodes before stopping because of some of the TV-14 content. However it's very smart and (happy dance) accurate when it comes to computers and tech in general.
old Donald Duck cartoons - Watched some in the car, they're cute.
21 Jump Street (first three seasons) - I like that each episode is its own story. I love the main characters, Judy, Harry Ioki, Doug, and Tom Hanson (Johnny Depp). I love Tom's boy scout-ness, the 80s music, and it's funny. The quality does go down after season two though.
I hope you all are having a wonderful summer (or winter, depending on where you live). I'm getting ready to start school again, end my summer job (same one as last year) and move. I mentioned I felt like I could relate to the story of The Way Way Back - in it 14 year old Duncan goes on vacation and gets a job working at water park. It's his own special place where friends are and a home away from a difficult family life. In the end when vacation is over he has to leave and says goodbye. It was sad, but it was clear that the main thing to Duncan was that that water park and the people there had been an awesome and just good thing in his life. I'm glad I'm moving. We're actually going back to where we moved from two years ago. The part that sucks is I feel like just as I've begun to make friends with people from work and enjoy those relationships I have to say goodbye.
Do you ever get that feeling that you want to leave everything you know and everything that knows you? I do. I'm looking forward to when I go off by myself and do my own thing. I'm glad I'm moving. But I'm not sure I'm glad we're moving back to where we used to live. I feel like if I'm gonna start over I want to start over, not re-meet a bunch of people. When we moved originally I was 14 and didn't have a bunch of friends (besides you lovely people. mainly because I wasn't around a lot of people, one of the cons of home school) so it's not like I'm moving back to a bunch of close friends, just people-I-know. I feel like it's hard to start over where people know you. I don't know. Right now I guess I'm mostly just impatient for the whole moving thing to be over with and to be settled into my new room. I'm gonna get a Winter Soldier poster for my wall. That's something to look forward to anyway. (By the way, I'm not sure which to get so what do you guys think: 1) Bucky 2) I'd probably get this one if it were regular size 3) or just standard everybody bein' cool, except Bucky's really small.)
Anyway, what are you all up to? Any good books or movies lately? Be safe and be awesome. xx